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Re: The bottom octave: how important?

One of my pet peeves- thinking of a note from a musical instrument as being defined by a single precise frequency. A note may be defined as 42 Hz or some other exact number, but on an instrument, especially a good acoustical one, there's a wealth of other sonic information present that must be conveyed for the recording to simulate the actual "note" as played by that instrument. There are harmonics above the principal tone, and subharmonics below it, and a good recording will contain them, plus the attack and decay of the note. Most people recognize these on a subconscious level, but they add a lot to the tone and perception of real music.

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